• Movix uses artificial intelligence to hit you with the best movie suggestions

    It turns out that in addition to making spooky trailers and writing quirky scripts, artificial intelligence is also pretty damn good at making awesome movie recommendations. Available for free, Movix is a web-based recommendation service that uses deep learning algorithms to adapt to your capricious film preferences and hit you with the most suitable movie suggestions in real-time. What is particularly nifty about the AI-powered tool is that it requires no registration, allowing you to get...

  • 8 ways to hustle your way into TNW Conference for cheap or for free

    On May 18 and 19 the digital tech scene – 15.000 professionals – are gathering in Amsterdam for TNW Conference. It was awarded Best European Conference and is also known as Europe’s leading digital technology festival, so it’s not a bad place to be as someone in tech. A ticket to attend the conference, the parties, the chats, discussions and meetings is going for €545 ex VAT at the moment (but this price is rapidly rising to €1200 in the next few weeks). Although 545 euros is pretty much a...

  • This short sci-fi movie starring David Hasselhoff was written by an AI

    First it was age-old board games and boring office jobs, but now it seems robots are gearing up to take over Hollywood. Following up the stunning success of its debut short movie from last year, Sunspring, the script-writing artificial intelligence Benjamin is back with yet another sci-fi flick. Directed by Oscar Sharp and starring Baywatch icon David Hasselhoff, It’s No Game takes us to an alternate reality where, in midst of heated writer’s strike in Hollywood, AI script writers have gradually...

  • TNW’s StartupCity Summit is bringing city governments together to talk tech

    There’s been a noticeable change in attitude from city officials towards startups in recent years. Mayors and their teams are increasingly understanding that entrepreneurship can stimulate economic growth, job creation and innovation. The issue is understanding how exactly lawmakers can spur this entrepreneurial activity on. Experts say that the first thing officials should tackle is eliminating common burdens and barriers that entrepreneurs face at a local level, “such as complex tax codes and...

  • How TextExpander rescued me from inbox hell and could save you too

    At the start of the month, I went on a much-deserved vacation that took me to Belgium and the Netherlands. But as I quaffed gallons of fabulous Belgian beer, and ate mountains of delicious fried bitterballen, a perfect storm was gathering. A perfect storm of email, that is. Every day I was on vacation, messages from coverage-hungry PR workers flooded into my inbox like a tsunami. And when I eventually returned from my trip, I was faced with the daunting prospect of dealing with it. I could have...

  • The world’s population just passed 7.5 billion: Here are some fascinating facts about all of us

    The world’s population has just passed 7.5 billion, according to the ‘World Population Clock’ hosted by worldometers.info. Worldometers uses projections based on a variety of highly reputable sources to calculate its constantly updated numbers, including the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. The planet’s population passed the halfway point to the next billion on 25th April 2017, representing a net addition of more than 25 million people since the start of 2017....

  • Forget flying cars, Google's Sergey Brin is reportedly building a blimp of some sort

    The Verge is right: we shouldn’t call these VTOL vehicles ‘flying cars’, but the fact that is that we don’t yet have a good way to describe these small flying machines that everyone from Larry Page to Uber to Aeromobil to Lilium (and maybe even Elon Musk) wants to see in the air soon. Meanwhile, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is apparently working on something else entirely: an airship that’s large enough to fill a hangar. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg, which notes that the project...

  • Samsung's emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders is here

    In an effort to help people suffering from aphasia to communicate with their loved ones, Samsung has built Wemogee, a free chat app that uses emoji to easily translate their thoughts into messages. Aphasia is a disorder usually caused by brain injury or disease that affects people’s ability to understand written and spoken language. However, patients can still comprehend visual cues like symbols and facial expressions. To that end, Wemogee presents aphasic users with visual options for what they...

  • Twitter will begin streaming video 24/7 soon

    Ahead of its Q1 earnings call this week, Twitter told BuzzFeed News that it plans to stream live video nonstop across its platform, making it easier for people to tune into what people are talking about. There isn’t yet a set timeline for the rollout of its ‘ambient video’ programming; Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto told BuzzFeed News: We will definitely have 24/7 (video) content on Twitter. Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what’s happening, you think of going...

  • Drunk man may have started the robot uprising

    When the robot overlords have risen to enslave us and punish us for our transgressions against their kind, know the name of Jason Sylvain, for he is the one who has doomed us all. The man allegedly punched an egg-shaped security robot who was patrolling the parking lot. He’s been arrested and charged with prowling and public intoxication, according to SFGate. Reportedly, the bot was not seriously damaged and has returned to the parking lot. But this little round bot will not likely forget. After...

  • Reddit is changing, and Redditors aren't happy about it

    Reddit announced earlier this year that it was working on a site redesign, and one of the biggest changes is the elimination of custom community styles via CSS. Moderators who have coded their beautiful subbreddits with CSS for years are protesting vigorously. CEO Steve Huffman spoke with Reddit moderators directly on r/modnews. He insisted the rollout would be slow, as doing otherwise would be “suicide.” He also mentioned that this was primarily done for Reddit mobile users, as they account for...

  • Spotify adds lyrics explanations on Android

    Last year, Spotify teamed up with Genius to integrate lyric annotations onto its music player, but the feature has been an iOS-only staple for over a year. Starting today, Android users are finally getting the same benefit. Rather than letting you tap on specific lyrics and view explanations as you would on Genius.com, Spotify has built a couple of playlists that display information on some popular tracks as you listen. For some songs, it also includes background details provided directly by the...